Wales, Massachusetts

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Wales, Massachusetts
Town
Official seal of Wales, Massachusetts
Seal
Motto(s): The Past Our Heritage, The Future Our Legacy
Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°04′10″N 72°13′22″W / 42.06944°N 72.22278°W / 42.06944; -72.22278Coordinates: 42°04′10″N 72°13′22″W / 42.06944°N 72.22278°W / 42.06944; -72.22278
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountyHampden
Settled1726
Incorporated1775
Government
 • TypeOpen town meeting
Area
 • Total15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 • Land15.7 sq mi (40.7 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation949 ft (289 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total1,838
 • Density117/sq mi (45.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code01081
Area code(s)413
FIPS code25-72390
GNIS feature ID0619389
Websitewww.townofwales.net

Wales is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,838 at the 2010 census.[1] It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

WalesHistoricalMarker.jpg

Wales was first settled in 1726 and was officially incorporated on August 23, 1775, as "South Brimfield", a name it kept until February 20, 1828. The town was renamed after James Lawrence Wales, a local benefactor.[2] Initial settlers included Anthony Needham, John Bullen, and Samuel and Dorothy Munger. The next generation of Mungers became prominent in the town. Samuel (Jr.) served as a selectman and was deacon of the Baptist Church for many years. Nathaniel was one of 12 men of the district appointed as a "court of Justice and Honor to determine all controversies that may hereafter arise in said District," and was also a deacon of the Baptist Church. The "Meadow District" of Wales was originally known as "Munger's Meadow" and includes graves of early pioneers.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.3 km2), of which 15.7 square miles (40.7 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.46%, are water.[1] Wales is in southeastern Hampden County and is bounded on the west by Monson; on the south by Stafford and Union, Connecticut; on the east by Holland; and on the north by Brimfield.

Massachusetts Route 19 crosses the town, leading north 4 miles (6 km) to the center of Brimfield and south 10 miles (16 km) (via Connecticut Route 19) to Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

Education[edit]

Wales Elementary School, serving grades K-6, has its own school committee, part of School Union 61. Wales students attend Tantasqua Regional Junior High School (grades 7-8) and Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge. Union 61 and the Tantasqua district share administrators, including the superintendent, and both include Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales.

Library[edit]

The Wales Public Library opened in 1897.[4][5] In fiscal year 2008, the town of Wales spent 1.28% ($45,480) of its budget on its public library—some $24 per person.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Wales Public Library

By the 2010 census, the population had reached 1,838.

As of the census[17] of 2000, there had been 1,737 people, 660 households, and 481 families residing in the town. The population density was 110.3 people per square mile (42.6/km²). There were 796 housing units at an average density of 50.5 per square mile (19.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 0.52% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 660 households, out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, and 11.1% had a female head of household with no husband present.

Pond at Wales, Massachusetts

The median income for a household in the town was $48,906, and the median income for a family was $51,629. Males had a median income of $39,766 versus $27,557 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,267. About 1.8% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Wales town, Hampden County, Massachusetts". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Profile for Wales, Massachusetts". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  3. ^ Munger, J. B., The Munger Book: Something of the Mungers, 1639-1914, pp. 203-13, The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1915.
  4. ^ Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts. v.9 (1899)
  5. ^ http://www.townofwales.net/Library.html Retrieved 2010-11-09
  6. ^ July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008; cf. "The FY2008 Municipal Pie: What's Your Share?" Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Library Commissioners. Boston: 2009. Available: Municipal Pie Reports. Retrieved 2010-08-04
  7. ^ "Total Population (P1), 2010 Census Summary File 1". American FactFinder, All County Subdivisions within Massachusetts. United States Census Bureau. 2010.
  8. ^ "Massachusetts by Place and County Subdivision - GCT-T1. Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "1990 Census of Population, General Population Characteristics: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1990. Table 76: General Characteristics of Persons, Households, and Families: 1990. 1990 CP-1-23. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "1980 Census of the Population, Number of Inhabitants: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1981. Table 4. Populations of County Subdivisions: 1960 to 1980. PC80-1-A23. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "1950 Census of Population" (PDF). Bureau of the Census. 1952. Section 6, Pages 21-10 and 21-11, Massachusetts Table 6. Population of Counties by Minor Civil Divisions: 1930 to 1950. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  12. ^ "1920 Census of Population" (PDF). Bureau of the Census. Number of Inhabitants, by Counties and Minor Civil Divisions. Pages 21-5 through 21-7. Massachusetts Table 2. Population of Counties by Minor Civil Divisions: 1920, 1910, and 1920. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  13. ^ "1890 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. Pages 179 through 182. Massachusetts Table 5. Population of States and Territories by Minor Civil Divisions: 1880 and 1890. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  14. ^ "1870 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1872. Pages 217 through 220. Table IX. Population of Minor Civil Divisions, &c. Massachusetts. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  15. ^ "1860 Census" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1864. Pages 220 through 226. State of Massachusetts Table No. 3. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  16. ^ "1850 Census" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1854. Pages 338 through 393. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  17. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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